The scene of any fire itself is evidence, and the testimony of a trained investigatory professional about observations and findings at the scene is vitally important to the successful clearance of the case. The first law enforcement officer or firefighter to arrive incurs the serious responsibility of securing the fire scene and taking precautions to protect any physical evidence. Improper protection can result in the contamination, loss, or unnecessary movement of evidence.
This course gives fire investigators, law enforcement officers, insurance investigators, and DA investigators in-depth guidance on the investigation of fire scenes and procedures for evidence collection. In addition to procedural knowledge, participants will learn the proper means of processing a fire scene, as well as photographing, marking, tagging, packaging, and transporting evidence. Participants will learn the considerations, guidelines, and procedures to avoid an oversight, ensure thoroughness, and comply with requirements that may affect the investigation’s outcome.
An additional download resources link and password will be provided to each attendee so they may download all the additional class resources.
The opportunity to take the National Association of Fire Investigator examination, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator examination will be offered. The test will be offered the first evening.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Determine the proper sequence for investigating fires
• Establish scene security and accountability
• Identifying and properly collecting potential evidence
• Document the location of evidence
• Comply with legal and scientific requirements
• Applying the systematic approach and scientific methodology